Meaning of “shaggy-dog story” in the English Dictionary

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"shaggy-dog story" in British English

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shaggy-dog storynoun [ C ]

uk /ˌʃæɡ.iˈdɒɡ ˌstɔː.ri/ us /ˌʃæɡ.iˈdɑːɡ ˌstɔːr.i/

(Definition of “shaggy-dog story” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shaggy-dog story" in American English

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shaggy-dog storynoun [ C ]

us /ˈʃæɡ·i ˈdɔɡ ˌstɔr·i, ˌstoʊr·i/

a long story that is intended to be amusing and that has an intentionally silly or meaningless ending

(Definition of “shaggy-dog story” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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